OUTER SUBURBS 21 – A FULL ENGLISH

 

 


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I cannot by any stretch of the imagination be thought of as a foodie or gourmet.   I simply enjoy eating (and drinking!!!), I not infrequently over indulge, and I have but one simple requirement – which is, if at all possible, that my food and drink should taste at least reasonable or actually nice.  I am not asking for exquisite gourmet cuisine, nor for world class wines – but then neither do I want to stuff my face with either tasteless supermarket stodge or some liquid that, while undoubtedly powerfully alcoholic, equally powerfully reminds me of cats.  Much as I like cats.

Now full English breakfasts can taste very nice, but one has to be careful.  Loads of eateries produce them, they really are loved here, but their quality varies widely.  I mean, anyone can put together the ingredients and serve them up, but the quality of the ingredients – and to a lesser extent their mode of presentation on the plate – can make or break the treat.

Let’s look at this breakfast.  Firstly – and very crucially – it arrived on a warm plate.  Cold plates can crucify hot food, especially in winter.

Then, the classic ingredients (including modern upstarts like hash browns) were all there.  The rashers of bacon were hiding under the toast – Come on out, we know you’re in there! – and they were tasty.  Sausages can be the Achilles Heel of breakfasts, with an almost corpse-like pallor, no texture and very little taste – but these bucked that trend: they appeared burnt but in fact weren’t, they actually had pieces of meat inside (but I could have sworn this pub had a cat last time I was in … ) and they were tasty too – an achievement for this certainly not up market eatery.

So what else?  Well, real (as opposed to tinned) tomato, not quite fried enough but, as always, tasting like Heaven & Chips when eaten with the bacon.  And tasty mushrooms, probably tinned, but certainly good.  Hash browns don’t usually shake my tree, but these these were both tasty and quite crispy, not bad at all.
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There was a rush of customers just as we arrived and so I expected a hastily cooked meal with very runny eggs, but the eggs were reasonably solid, and the beans – well beans are always good!  And then quite a big and thick slice of black pudding – in the picture, that’s the round black thing with all the little white bits of fat in it >>> delicious!

And the accessories?  Well, toast made from bog standard, thin, white, sliced bread – adequate, and certainly better than nothing.  And finally a big, steaming, glorious mug of hot sweet tea, just the thing for washing down (or dissolving away …) all that fat!!!

Click onto each image to open another version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – but don’t blame me if you feel suddenly ravenously hungry or, on the other hand, unaccountably nauseous.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 5 Oct 2018.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

20 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS 21 – A FULL ENGLISH

  1. Even for me, this is way too much food. Nauseous? I won’t go there, but I don’t think I’d make it living ATP. Our hash browns are normally tiny bit of cut up potatoes fried in tiny bits of onion and red pepper which I absolutely love and know I shouldn’t have. Black pudding? Tiny bits of fat? No. No. No. I just don’t like fat, although my hips would argue that. I love your narrative. Very much what we might see here in our ‘foody’ magazines. So fun to visit your blog, bud. But I’m convinced if I lived there I’d be a whole lot thinner. (Or maybe I’d acquiesce out of weakness. )

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh yes, if you lived here you’d make it ok – and we could take it in turns giving each other fireman’s lifts out of cafés!!! And, being as you’re my Mother Superior, I must confess that I had another – and even better – one of these breakfasts (with chips!!!) in another eatery this morning – and that it’ll be posted here soon – so ad nauseam here you go ….. 😀 …. And it was a second breakfast too, but I’m not going to tell you that ….. oh, feeling musical now … Mother Superior jumped the gun, Mother Superior jumped the gun …. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you – I haven’t seen Marty Feldman for years! But this is an interesting point – the pub had both HP Sauce and Tomato Sauce and there are people here who eat both – but at home, in my childhood, we only ever had Tomato Sauce, and so HP is virtually anathema to me – I have tried it, but it really doesn’t hit the spot! A 🙂

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  2. So hungry now. Keep the black pudding and substitute haggis for me 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hungry, Terri? Well this is a FATman post!!! Shipment of black pudding and haggis on its way!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • Throw in some scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam and I will totally swoon 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Hahaha!!! no swooning, please, this is a whole family, wholehearted, wholesome, wholemeal blog!!! 😉 But I’m right with you re the scones, cream and jam – one thing is, I suppose, that this is eminently simple food, but still totally delicious.

          And just to give you food for thought (ohhhh!), there will most probably be another full English post later today, as we has a truly delicious experience in a newly opened café yesterday morning! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. paula graham says:

    As a vegetarian…need I say more!!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I knew it would get to you 🙂 !!!!!!! But the news has it that the way forward for humanity’s survival are Flexitarian diets – diets with more veggies in them – so you’re on a roll, albeit a vegetarian roll! 🙂

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  4. All looks great, except that black pudding thingie. Kinda creeps me out 😀, definitely cultural difference 🙏

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